Nicknames for Girls
Origin:Diminutive of Susan
Description:In the 1950s and 60s, the name every little girl wanted for her very own.
Origin:Italian, diminutive of Nicola
Meaning:"people of victory"
Description:A much more dynamic nickname than Nicky for any of the Nic-names. Nico was chosen by Thandiwe Newton for her daughter.
Origin:Diminutive of Janet, Jane, Jean, and Jennifer
Description:At the height of the Jennifer craze, many parents were cutting straight to the nickname and putting Jenny on the birth certificate. But now that Jennifer is the mom rather than the daughter, Jenny, which has been somewhat replaced by Jenna, has faded as well.
Description:Dusty first became popular as a girl's name thanks to singer Dusty Springfield - born Mary. She used her childhood nickname professionally, and many parents embraced Dusty as a name for their daughters, especially in the 1970s. Singer Adam Levine and model Behati Prinsloo chose this distinctive name for their daughter in 2016, which might prompt a new generation of parents to consider the name.
Description:This jazzy French diminutive of Isabelle was first made famous by the title character of Raymond Queneau’s novel Zazie dans le métro, which was adapted into a film in 1960. It could also work as a nickname for Elizabeth or Susannah.
Origin:Diminutive of Susan
Description:Much-used midcentury diminutive, now fallen far from favor even as a middle name.
Description:Lexi and Lexie, pixie-ish offshoots of the prolific Alex family, have come into their own, remaining in the Top 1000 for more than 20 years now.
Origin:English, diminutive of Agatha and Agnes
Description:Mauve-tinted nickname with vintage charm that could just follow in the footsteps of ABBIE. More prominent now as the nickname for the Texas A&M sports teams.
Origin:Latin, diminutive of Frances
Meaning:"from France or free man"
Description:If Frances and Fran are too serious for you, and Fanny too saucy, you might like Franny, still identified by some with J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey stories.
Origin:Diminutive of Florence, Latin
Description:Flo is an antiquated nickname not often used these days, possibly because "Aunt Flo" is a euphemism for a period.
Origin:Diminutive of Samantha
Meaning:"told by God"
Description:Sam as a name standing on its own was given to only 18 girls in 2021, versus over 400 boys. But as a short form it's appealing and down-to-earth for both sexes, and heard far more often: There were over 2500 baby girls named Samantha in the US in one recent year and more than 8500 boys named Samuel, so you will hear the name Sam a lot more often than you might guess judging by the numbers for this short form. Like the wildly popular Charlie, Sam is a nickname that works equally well as a girls' name as a boys'. All forms considered, Sam is still one of the most popular names that start with S.
Origin:English, diminutive of Elizabeth
Meaning:"pledged to God"
Description:Yes, it's a word name, but Busy is also a rare pet form of Elizabeth. And yes, actress Busy Philipps was christened Elizabeth--she was given the nickname because she was such an active child. She must have been happy with the name, because she also gave her daughters adorable unique baby names, Birdie and Cricket.
Origin:English, diminutive of Florence and Flora
Description:A sweet Bobbsey-twin era nickname, fluffy and floral.
Origin:English, diminutive of Araminta, invented hybrid name
Description:Minta is an eighteenth century short form of a literary beauty still used in England today, but yet to be discovered by American baby namers. It has a fresh and dainty feel.
Origin:Diminutive of Susanna; Polish variation of Jane
Description:A feminine multicultural nickname name perfectly able to stand on its own.
Origin:English, diminutive of Nancy
Description:Bobbsey Twins-era nickname name that could find new life via Nan, heroine of The Nanny Diaries. Nan was also the nickname of Annabel St George, the protagonist of Edith Wharton's novel "The Buccaneers".
Origin:Diminutive of Alexandrea or Andrea
Description:Introduced via Sopranos star Drea (born Andrea) de Matteo, and catching on with a wider audience.
Description:Almost too za-za-zoom for its own good.
Description:Unique and unusual as a nickname and a stand-alone name, Loie is a vintage choice worth reviving. It is traditionally used as a short form of Lois and Louise but would work as a nickname for any Lo- starting name, or even names such as Laura, Eloise, and Charlotte.